Author Archives: Tori Kerr

Review: The 17th Annual MACRoCK Festival

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Within the quiet and picturesque Shenandoah Valley lies one of punk’s hidden gems. Harrisonburg, Virginia’s MACRoCK Festival started in 1996 to showcase the best in independent rock and spread the gospel of DIY culture. Although it was originally a project of WXJM, James Madison University’s radio station, the festival is now organized by a handful of dedicated volunteers. Supported by the power of DIY ethics and local businesses, Macrock is an independent, non-profit event that has brought the likes of Best Coast, Fugazi, War on Drugs, Darkest Hour, The Dismemberment Plan and so many more to the quiet town of Harrisonburg for the past 17 years. 2014’s fest left little to be desired: friendly staff and outstanding venues resulted in a weekend of the best kind of controlled chaos.  Read the rest of this entry

WRGW and Sixth and I Historic Synagogue Present: River City Extension, Paperhaus and Sun Cycle

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For the past three years, WRGW has hosted its Spring Concert at 6th & I, the historic synagogue in Chinatown. In 2012, we saw Red Line Grafitti and Reptar bring the house down. Last year, we teamed up with other local college radio stations to bring Deerhunter, Mas Ysa and Jackson Scott to DC. This year, we are so proud to announce a very special lineup that reflects WRGW’s fresh, new focus.

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Video: Dum Dum Girls – “Are You Okay”

More like a short film, the new DDG video was directed by Bret Easton Ellis. You may have heard of his novels American Psycho or Less Than Zero oh or The Rules of Attraction, maybe? Yeah. Him. The video is at once eerie, disarming and totally enthralling. Enjoy. 

Shows We’re Stoked For: This Friday #Rapshow at the Velvet Lounge

After traveling to the far east, Bombay Knox is back to bring you ラップショー aka #RapShow!!

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Review: Shark Week and Bass Drum of Death at the Black Cat

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Concertgoers had no doubts whether or not Shark Week and Bass Drum of Death would deliver on Friday night. Simply, the DC locals and the Mississippi garage rockers tore the roof off the Black Cat Backstage. The crowd was so dense, in fact, that BDoD proved themselves more than worthy of booking the renowned Black Cat mainstage in a year or so following their next album (we’re crossing our fingers for that record to come soon)

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Big Announcement Next Monday!

…Have you heard?

Shows We’re Stoked For: Shark Week and Bass Drum of Death

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Photo by Monti Smith

The last time we saw DC locals Shark Week, they were opening for Mac DeMarco in the basement of an American University academic building. This Thursday, they’ll rile the crowd for Mississippi’s Bass Drum of Death at the Black Cat. Shark Week’s wild psych sound comes alive through performance, almost as if infused with a new, rawer soul. That rough ’round the edges sensibility is the perfect match for Bass Drum of Death, the Southern princes of garage rock.  The black and white checkerboard floor of the Black Cat could withstand a number of things tomorrow night: grooving, stomping, head banging, crowd surfing and plenty of beer spillage.

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New Music: Inventions – Entity

Very exciting stuff out today– Inventions (the duo of Mark Smith from Explosions in the Sky and Matthew Cooper of Eluvium) have just released “Entity.” It’s the first single off their upcoming album from Temporary Residence Ltd (out April 1st). It’ll keep you warm during this second round of polar vortex.

WRGW Deserves a Woodie!

As you may or may not know, the mtvU Woodie awards are upon us. What is a Woodie? you ask. It’s a wacky wooden block given to outstanding college radio stations. Why do we want one? No one is really sure. But we definitely want one. Last year, KSUA of the University of Alaska – Fairbanks won… Come on, guys. It’s time to give the District a Woodie.

To nominate WRGW for this spellbinding award, nominate us here! But get on it because the nomination period ends on Friday, January 31st at 4pm EST!

Interview Alert: LA punks FIDLAR, Tonight 6:30pm EST

You may have heard… WRGW has the honor of interviewing LA punk band FIDLAR TONIGHT at 6:30pm EST.

To preview a new semester of fantastic programming, Tori Kerr, AKA DJTK, will speak to the band live.

FIDLAR is currently on tour, supporting the Pixies. If you’re in the DMV, you can see them on January 26th at the Music Center in Bethesda, MD. They recently released a brand-spankin-new single, “Awkward.”

Listen in at http://www.gwradio.com or, if you’re on the go, you can listen live via the TuneIn app on your smartphone (you have one of those, right?)

Do you have a question for the band? Or want a shoutout? Post it on Tori’s WRGW page or tweet at her (@kerrazytrain) and she just may fulfill your wish!

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